Every Choice has Opportunity

We face them every day. They range in difficulty. Some do not take a moments thought while others require a lot of meditation. Choices have to be made. (Illustration: Dr. H. C. Chiles’ testimony of hundreds of choices being made every Sunday morning at his church. Hundreds choose not to return Sunday night.) Once choices are made then comes the evaluations. There is one constant denominator in every choice. It brings with it “opportunities.”

We could take a look at the choice of Adam to eat of the forbidden tree.
We could take a look at the choice of Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
We could take a look at the choice of Job and his friends.
We could take a look at the choice of Moses to follow God.

We will look at another choice. It is made by the congregation.

Background Scripture is a lot but necessary.

Numbers 13:25-33
25] When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days,
26] they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. 27] Thus they told him, and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
28] Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29] Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan.”
30] Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.”
31] But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”
32] So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size.
33] There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:25-33 NASB)

Numbers 14:1-10
1] Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
2] All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
3] Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”
4] So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”
5] Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
6] Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
7] and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
8] If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us-a land which flows with milk and honey.
9] Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”
10] But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel.

Numbers 14:20-25
20] So the Lord said, “I have pardoned them according to your word;
21] but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.
22] Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
23] shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
24] But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.
25] Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.”

Numbers 14:28-35
28] Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you;
29] your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.
30] Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
31] Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey-I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.
32] But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness.
33] Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness.
34] According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition.
35] I, the Lord, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.'” (Numbers 14:1-10, 20-25, 28-35 NASB)

I. The Path
God Directed it with a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night
From the departure from Egypt to the arrival at the banks of the Jordan River, God directed. They went after God.

God Deferred it with a report from spies and rejection by people
Now at the Jordan River God gives them the choice to go where He had directed them. He deferred the decision to the congregation.

II. The Provision
God Supernaturally Supplies:
Manna & Water
People’s Superficial Faith
seen in rejection & fear

III. The Promise
We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.

Numbers 14:5-9
5] Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel.
6] Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
7] and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
8] If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us-a land which flows with milk and honey.
9] Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”

IV. The Power

It was by God’s own power that would pave the path to possession of a promise, Canaan Land.

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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